I'm sure all Decaturites (from any of a dozen or so states) know the story.
Photo from Temple University
The initial verse of the Marine Hymn is "From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli." "Montezuma" refers to the Battle of Chapultepec, more commonly known as the battle which took place during the Mexican-American War; "Tripoli" refers to the First Barbary War and the Battle of Derne.
A US destroyer is on hand as negotiations take place between the shipping company and the pirates. If you were President Obama (Commander in Chief), what (if anything) military action would you order?
Some are speculating this is ex-President Bush's fault, for not recognizing "Talk like a Pirate Day."